The pain of separation from those who have died lasts many years. It is often a pain that is
very personal, and which we cannot easily share. We would like to invite all those who have suffered bereavement in the Parish to the above service in the hope that, by joining together with others who have lost loved ones, they may know that they are not alone in their grief and that they will receive some comfort from the prayers offered for themselves and for their loved ones who have died.
Sunday 2nd November is All Souls Day, which is a day traditionally set apart by the Christian Church as a time to pause and remember those who have died.
In the service, during a time of special prayer, we will mention by name all those whose
funerals have been conducted by the Clergy in the Parish of the Itchen Valley during the last 3 years, together with any other names given in before the service begins. Later in the
service, everyone present will be invited to light a candle in memory of their loved ones and leave it burning on the altar as a visible sign of remembrance.
We hope that the service will be a fitting tribute to those we love but see no longer, and we
very much hope that those in the Parish who have been bereaved will be able to come, bringing any friends and relatives they may wish to support them.
It would help our arrangements if we had a rough idea of how many to expect, so if
you would like to come would you please send me an email by Wednesday 29th
With all good wishes
Revd Alex Pease